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Sara Abdullah

Connect with Other Fellows

I have the pleasure of working with eight other Community-Engaged Fellows at CCESL. All fellows are graduate students at the University of Denver and work on various issue area topics surrounding the need for more community engagement and service learning.

If you would like to take a look at what they are working on, please visit their individual blogs:

Dana Polley, Graduate School of Social Work – Social Entrepreneurship

Shay’la Liller, International Studies – Immigrant & Refugee Populations

Jordan Grapentine, Higher Education – West Denver Project

Michael Oyakojo, Economics – Transportation Issues

Samantha Markovitz, Graduate School of Social Work – Youth Voice

Amy Wang, Higher Education -Education Access

Russell Anderson, Counseling Psychology – Criminal Justice

Metropolitan Denver Nature Alliance

My assigned issue area as a CCESL Community Engaged Fellow is the “Metropolitan Denver Nature Alliance” (mDNA). The University of Denver is a partner in the mDNA’s upcoming project to provide the Metro-Denver community with high quality green space, programs that are culturally appropriate, and outdoor programs to connect youth and nature. The initiative is being funded by a $100,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant that will help mDNA partner with more organizations and build better programs to connect the growing Denver community with green space projects and others. The “planning” grant was awarded through the Trust for Public Land.

Some organizations that the mDNA includes are: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Nature Conservancy. I plan to learn more about who is involved in similar projects here on campus and what they are doing to connect with the surrounding community.


Image Source, Top Things to Do in Denver include mDNA partner organizations: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens.

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